Pentagon grounds F-35 fighter jet flights in wake of crash

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WASHINGTON — The Pentagon on Thursday ordered a temporary pause in all F-35 fighter jet flights in order to inspect the fleet in the wake of a crash last month in South Carolina.

The decision involves a potentially bad fuel tube and affects more than 250 U.S.-owned jets, as well as nearly 100 that belong to other nations including Britain. About half the F-35s are believed to have the faulty tube, and they include aircraft owned by the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps.

According to Lt. Col. Mike Andrews, a Pentagon spokesman, some of the fighter jets have been inspected and are flying again.

The decision temporarily halted combat operations by Marines, who began conducting airstrikes against Taliban targets in Afghanistan the day before the crash. The Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps fly different versions of the stealthy fighter. Officials said they were not able to confirm if the Marine planes were able yet to resume operations.

A Marine F-35B crashed into an uninhabited marsh island near the Grays Hill community in South Carolina on Sept. 28. The Marine pilot safely ejected before the crash.

During the crash investigation, certain fuel tubes were identified as a potential problem, largely involving aircraft built before 2015. Until 2015, two companies manufactured the tubes, and the problem involves just one of them. If the aircraft has those particular tubes, they will be replaced. If the aircraft has good fuel tubes, it will be allowed to begin immediately flying again.

The F-35 program office said the inspections should be completed in one or two days. Depending on the availability of parts, the fuel tube can be replaced quickly.

John Thomas, spokesman for engine-maker Pratt & Whitney, based in Connecticut, said the company is supporting the Marine Corps investigation into the crash. Because of the ongoing investigation, he said he had no comment on the specifics of the flight disruption.

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October 12, 2018

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    rviews given by Chris Parker in the aftermath of the terror attack in May last year, in which 23 people died.</p><p>They claim to have exposed 'tells' that gave away Parker's guilt and how he lied about helping victims when in fact he had stolen phones and purses as they lay dying.</p><p>Chris Parker (pictured left in his mugshot and right, outside Manchester Crown Court) ransacked victim's bags in the aftermath of the Manchester Arena bombing in May 2017</p><p>Parker tells the interviewer he had 'ran back into the arena' to help victims as others ran away, but becomes visibly agitated as his friend unwittingly contradicts him.</p><p>The friend, a fellow homeless man, says 'he's got pictures', referencing the fact that Parker had taken photographs of the dead which he intended to try and sell. </p><p>Body language analyst Cliff Lansley explains how Parker's 'eyes are closing, his lips are tightening, his brows are coming down, his eyes are glaring and he's switching around to the right towards his colleague' in anger.</p><p>In another video, Parker is shown back on the streets following his supposed heroics and is interviewed about a £52,000 donation fund to help get him accommodation.</p><p>Parker reminds viewers that he is 'very homeless at the moment' as he reveals his impatience at not having the funds released to him.</p><p>He is also shown given a head shake and then an exaggerated nod while claiming he 'would do it again', revealing that he was lying before attempting to cover it up. </p><p>Parker tells the interviewer he had 'ran back into the arena' to help victims as others ran away, but becomes visibly agitated as his friend (shown left) unwittingly contradicts him</p><p>In another video, Parker is shown back on the streets following his supposed heroics and is struggles to contain his excitement about a £52,000 donation fund to help get him</p><p>Dawn Archer, professor of linguistics at Manchester Metropolitan University, explains: 'He points out "I'm not a hero". This is the truth.</p><p>'He is wrestling with the knowledge that he is now playing this role and he's showing that he's not comfortable.</p><p>'By being the hero he's going to get the funds and the funds become the focus of attention from this point on.'</p><p>The super recognisers team was first created in the aftermath of the 2011 riots, as certain officers showed an ability to spot suspects from different pieces of footage.</p><p>They have an uncanny ability to recognise faces, remembering people they have not seen for decades, who have substantially changed in appearance, and who they have only fleetingly encountered.</p><p>Super recognisers might assist with the matching of faces captured on CCTV footage, the comparison of faces to identification documents, or the scanning of crowds for known troublemakers, wanted perpetrators or even missing persons.</p><p>They may also help with victim identification, or deciding whether a person moving between borders is using a fraudulent identity or is even a missing child.</p><p>Popular tests assess participants' ability to recognise photographs of celebrities that were taken a long time before they became famous.</p><p>Mick Neville, retired detective chief inspector at Scotland Yard, explains how an elite unit knows as 'Super Recognisers' were used to inspect the CCTV from the attack. </p><p>He said: 'Super Recognisers don’t forget faces so they may well have seen Parker on the news broadcasts and seen it was him going to those people in the CCTV.'</p><p>Parker's lies will be revealed in a new TV documentary called Faking It: Tears of a Crime, airing on Friday at 10pm on Investigation Discovery.</p><p>The 33-year-old was jailed for four years earlier this year after he shamelessly ransacked victim's bags following the devastating bombing.</p><p>He admitted stealing a purse belonging to Pauline Healey, 64, whose 14-year-old granddaughter Sorrell Leczkowski was killed in the terror attack.</p><p>Parker also stone an iPhone from a 14-year-old girl who was badly injured in the atrocity and rejected calls from her worried family members.</p><p>A heartbreaking victim impact statement was read out in court today which was written by the mother of a girl whose phone was stolen by Parker.</p><p>She spoke of the frustration caused as people tried to ring her daughters phone to find out how she was.</p><p>Parker declined calls made to the phone and sent a message back saying: 'Sorry I can't speak right now.'</p><p>The court was shown CCTV footage showing the immediate aftermath of the bomb, in which Parker can be seen looking through bags and taking items from them.</p><p>Parker - who had been sleeping rough near the Arena - had originally described wrapping an injured girl in a T-shirt and cradled a dying woman in his arms.</p><p>Parker - who had been sleeping rough near the Arena - had originally described wrapping an injured girl in a T-shirt and cradled a dying woman in his arms</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. 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